The boy is meant to go on school camp tomorrow. We don’t see that happening.
He is very anxious and has cried about it for weeks. If it gets mentioned he says he’s not going. There have been notes written around the house that he’s not going. When we said he was going he just said, ‘you won’t be able to get me out of the house!’
He says he will miss us too much, and his dog and his cat.
I’m afraid he will miss out on life if he never does anything!
He has always been a home body – when we went to England when he was two, he said it was time to go home when we had only been there a few days.
He doesn’t care that his friends are going, that he will be trying new activities and will have fun. I have said that if he is staying home he has to do jobs for three days – he then asked if he would get a reward for that?
I am ashamed to say that I got very angry and ranted that I was sick of not normal kids, that I wanted kids that would go on camps and do sleepovers without hesitation and without a military operation. I am tired of this – and jealous of all the other parents in the same year level as the boy preparing and packing their kids for camp.
I will look on from the outside again.